I am truly blessed to have been born in Traverse City and have never found a reason to leave. Our area offers everything; both winter and summer activities.  Why would you want to live anywhere else.....look at how beautiful this area is. Water everywhere, The Sleeping Bear Dunes, Old Mission Peninsula, Great Wineries, Nice People, Lots of Golf, Canoeing, Skiing, Snowmobiling, Quaint surround areas....Leland, etc....."

Shelley Quinn-Becker,Owner
Transnation Double D Title Agency

Twenty-two years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to move with my young family any place of my choosing.  The choice was simple.  We moved to Traverse City and have enjoyed 22 years of living in God's Country.

Michael Estes
Mayor, Traverse City

I have traveled the world; I continue to travel the world. But there is no place, no place on earth where I would rather live than Leelanau County and the Grand Traverse region. The wonders of our Great Lakes Environment are unmatched. An occasional harsh winter is quickly forgiven when the cherry blossoms stretch out across my view in the spring, my sailboat beckons in the summer, and fall explodes with colors more vibrant than my native east coast. All this, and a remarkable social and cultural environment with so much richness it is impossible to take it all in. From Europe to Asia and the South Pacific the world is exciting, but Leelanau is home.

Tom Skinner
Sr. Executive Producer, Free to Choose Media
Managing Director, Inland Seas Education Association

Growing up in the Grand Traverse region I had no idea how fortunate I was until I moved away.  I missed the comfortable way people interacted with each other, I wished for a safe walk in the woods, and I wanted to be a part of a community.  I live here for many reasons; the geography and the community are only part of it.  I love the seasons, I enjoy summer music festivals, water sports, sailing and barbeques, fall high school football games and turtlenecks, skiing, snow shoeing & fireplaces in the winter and the joy of spring when the snow finally melts and the first flowers bloom for the sun... In addition to the seasons there's a cultural gem in our crown loacated in our back yard, Interlochen Center for the Arts (the camps, the academy, the college, the presentations and Interlochen Public Radio are all benefits to our community).  The Grand Traverse Region is a community that I can truly be a part of and is undoubtedly a great place to raise a family.

Heather L. Clark
Interlochen Center For the Arts